Jun. 15, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen (13) and forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin (8) talk on the bench while playing against the Phoenix Mercury during the first half at US Airways Center. The Lynx defeated the Mercury 78-60. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-US PRESSWIRE
The Minnesota Lynx lost their perfect start to the season as a tough first half against the Seattle Storm kept a late rally from working. Minnesota ended up losing 65-62 to drop to 10-1.
It was pretty unlikely from the start that the Minnesota Lynx were going to follow up their WNBA championship with an undefeated season, but for the first ten games of the year they had moments where they did indeed look unbeatable. Skill and a bit of luck took them to a 10-0 season start, but it was shattered on Sunday night thanks to a slow start against the Seattle Storm, as they took a 65-62 loss.
The Lynx couldn't get it going early on in the game, being dominated offensively by the Storm, mostly thanks to strong showing by Sue Bird. By halftime it was 43-29 for Seattle.
By the fourth quarter, the tide hadn't shifted too much and the Lynx were faced with a 57-44 defect. To their credit, they made a hell of a game out of it by the end. In the fourth quarter, the offense finally started to click for Minnesota and they ended up outscoring Seattle 18-8 in the final frame, but it was too late by that point to put together enough of a comeback to sneak away with a win.
Maya Moore led the Lynx's anemic offense during the game. Her 14 points along with Seimone Augustus' 12 points made up the only two double digit scoring numbers of the day for Minnesota.
The loss moves Minnesota to 10-1 on the year and bumps Seattle up to 3-7.
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